APRIL 2017
A monthly newsletter from the Arizona Commission on the Arts
Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals    
On March 11, 2017 the Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals took place at Arizona PBS Studios. Kellen Vu, a sophomore at Arizona School for the Arts in Phoenix, was named Arizona State
Champion and will represent Arizona at the 12 th Annual Poetry Out Loud National Finals competition in Washington DC, April 25-26, 2017. Sophie Weinzinger, a sophomore at Coconino High School in Flagstaff, was named first runner-up.
Strengthening Schools Through Arts Partnerships
Strengthening Schools Through Arts Partnerships Grants
Deadline: 11:59pm Thursday, June 1, 2017
Strengthening Schools Through Arts Partnerships Grants support substantive school/community partnerships that strengthen teaching and learning in arts education and/or arts integration in Arizona Title I schools.

Proposed programming must take place in Fiscal Year 2018 (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018). 

Online Information Sessions
To help potential applicants prepare to apply, the Arts Commission will host two online information sessions. These sessions are open to all and offered free of charge, but advance registration is required.
Tuesday, April 18 at 3:30 PM
Wednesday, May 3 at 3:30 PM

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ED Letter
A Letter from Our Executive Director 
On March 16, 2017, the White House released a budget blueprint for Fiscal Year 2018. This proposal calls for reductions to a range of government programs, including the elimination of federal support for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Poetry Out Loud on PBS
Arizona Poetry Out Loud Finals Broadcast on Arizona PBS   
As if the Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals weren't exciting enough, the 2017 competition was filmed in the downtown Phoenix studios of Arizona PBS. On March 11, 2017, 10 high school students from all across the state stepped onto the stage and into the spotlight to recite poems for a live audience and Arizona PBS's TV cameras. In April, Arizona PBS and Arizona Public Media will broadcast a half-hour special featuring highlights from the competition. 
When and Where to Watch

Northern and Central Arizona  
  • April 7, 9:30 pm on channel 8.1
  • April 10, 11:30 pm on channel 8.1
  • April 11, 3:30 am on channel 8.1
  • April 12, 8:00 pm on channel 8.3
Southern Arizona
  • April 12, 2017, 6:00 pm on channels 6.3 and 27.3
Studies: Summer Arts Programming Improves Academic Performance  
An evaluation by Baltimore City Public Schools shows that the Young Audiences of Maryland's Summer Arts and Learning Academy successfully helped students avoid summer learning loss, and in some instances, increase their scores on standardized tests. The Academy taught a curriculum of math and literacy through the arts in a free program available to students primarily from Title I schools in Baltimore City. Of students who regularly attended the program, almost 80 percent showed positive gains in math and 60 percent saw positive gains in the structure and content of their writing by the end of the program.
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Education Commission of the States 2017 National Forum on Education Policy
June 28-30 | San Diego, CA
The 2017 National Forum on Education Policy will be held June 28-30 at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego. This annual event brings together national and state leaders in government, education, business, philanthropic, and public sectors for a three-day forum to discuss current education policy and opportunities for improving student success and achievement.

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Webinar Series on Fiscal Sponsorship and Fundraising
Spring 2017  
Fractured Atlas, a blog on arts, culture, and advocacy, has announced a webinar Tuesday nights from now until May 23. Only an hour long, these webinars focus on different topics such as Proposals and Grants for Fiscally Sponsored Projects, Crowdfunding for your Artistic Practice, and Individual Donors and Online Campaigns.
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Summer 2017 Pima Association of Governments Youth Art Project
Deadline: April 27, 2017  
The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, in partnership with Tucson Department of Transportation, Tucson City Council, and Pima Association of Governments (PAG), is seeking to hire eight youth artists between the ages of 16 to 18 and one youth assistant age 18-19 to assist and learn from a professional artist in the design and production of public art this summer. The project is expected to begin in early June and continue through to the end of July.

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Musical Theatre Songwriting Challenge for High School Students
Deadline: May 3, 2017  
The National Endowment for the Arts is seeking an organization to coordinate and administer the program--and if selected, will manage all aspects of the program, coordinate regional and national competitions, and develop and disseminate curricular materials and information about the program to potential applicants through partners such as regional, state, and local arts agencies; arts service organizations; music, musical theater, and theater organizations; and schools or other educational programs around the country.

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2017 Creative Youth Development (CYD) Webinar Series
The CYD National Partnership is producing a year-long webinar series designed to increase understanding of creative youth development  practice, build capacity, and advance the field. The first three webinars will focus on CYD fundamentals, then offer deeper dives into the five imperatives of the CYD national policy agenda , including webinars on cross-sector collaboration, documenting and communicating impact, promoting youth leadership, and more.

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2017 ArtScan at a Glance: Connecting the states and arts education policy  
The Arts Education Partnership's 2017 ArtScan at a Glance: Connecting the states and arts education policy provides arts in education stakeholders with an up-to-date summary of arts education policies for all 50 states plus the District of Columbia. Complete results from this review are available in an online searchable database on the AEP website.  

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Professional Development Grants
The Professional Development for Arts Educators (PDAE) Program Competition  
Webinar: 10:00 am April 26, 2017 
Intent to Apply: April 27, 2017
Administered under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Professional Development for Arts Educators (PDAE) supports the implementation of high-quality model professional development programs for arts educators working in K-12 student populations in which 50 percent or more of the students are from low-income families.

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Professional Development Grants 
Cycle A Deadline: 11:59pm Thursday, May 4, 2017
Professional Development Grants provide funding support for participation in artistic development and skills building activities or opportunities that contribute to professional growth and career development.

Eligible professional development activities must take place between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.
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Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants
CYCLE A Deadline: 11:59pm Thursday, May 4, 2017
Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants support partnerships that foster meaningful arts learning experiences in a variety of community settings for learners of any age. Community/social service organizations or governmental entities partnered with arts organizations or professional teaching artists are eligible to apply.

Eligible project activities must take place between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.  

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Arts Learning and Collaboration Grants 
CYCLE A Deadline: 11:59pm Thursday, May 4, 2017
Arts Learning Collaboration Grants enhance the work of school-based arts teaching and learning programs through collaborative projects taking place in-school (during regular school hours), after-school, or during summer/inter-session and in-services.

Eligible project activities must take place between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

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Feel free to send us your comments, suggestions or a story idea you'd like to see in the next issue. Email: artslearning@azarts.gov
To learn more about our programs and services at the Arizona Commission on the Arts, visit www.azarts.gov
Alex Nelson
Senior Director of Grants and Programs

Anastasia Freyermuth
Arts Learning and Grants Coordinator
Harper Piver
AZ Creative Aging Coordinator
This monthly online newsletter from the Arts Learning Department at the Arizona Commission on the Arts provides relevant, current and important information from the local, regional and national Arts Learning and Teaching Artist fields.

Job and Arts Opportunities listings on the website are maintained by Arts Commission staff and are not comprehensive. Questions regarding a listed opportunity should be directed to the corresponding contact person identified in the posting. 

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